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Media Advisory: UK courts to hear first stage of group legal action proceedings against Google


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Monday 21st May, 2018, London

On 21st May, the group legal action, brought by Google You Owe Us and led by Richard Lloyd, is set to reach the courts for the first time.

Google You Owe Us is the representative action seeking redress from Google for the allegedly unlawful collection of millions of iPhone users’ personal information.

The first hearing will take place in London at the High Court.

It will consider, among other things, whether the case can be heard in the UK. Google have claimed that the English and Welsh courts do not have the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Richard Lloyd, the claim representative, has over twenty five years’ experience challenging the world’s biggest companies on behalf of consumers, including as the former Executive Director of Which?. He explained:

“I believe that what Google did was quite simply against the law. Their actions have affected millions in England and Wales, and today we’ll be asking the judge to ensure they are held to account in our courts.

“Google have admitted that a significant number of iPhone users’ personal information was taken without permission.

“They have attempted to dodge and delay our claim on a technicality by questioning the jurisdiction of the English courts – an argument they have lost before.

“We believe the millions of affected consumers in England and Wales deserve to have their case heard by their own justice system.”

The Google You Owe Us case is the first representative action of its kind in the UK against a major tech company that is centred on the alleged mass misuse of personal data.

The representative claim provides British consumers with a viable method for getting redress from corporations who abuse their privacy.

Further information

You can view the campaign’s website at YouOweUs.co.uk where affected consumers can find further information or withdraw from the claim if they wish.

For further information please contact:

Google You Owe Us Press office
T: +44 (0)20 7554 1738 | E: media@googleyouoweus.co.uk

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